After a quiet month of May for Notre Dame on the recruiting trail, the Irish have started off June with a bang.
Two major recruits committed to South Bend this week, headlined by five-star linebacker Jaylon Smith. The 6-3, 225-pound defender from nearby Fort Wayne, Ind., is Scout's No. 1 overall outside linebacker in the 2013 class.
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Smith was a highly coveted recruit -- as his ranking suggests -- who had offers from nearly every major program in the country. He figures to give Notre Dame one of its best defensive talents in recent memory.
"I visited Notre Dame on March 3, and from there I knew I was going there," Smith said Monday in making the announcement.
Scouts drool over the big, athletic Smith's potential, and most expect him to get on the field immediately for the Irish. Check out our scout's take and see highlights of him in action.
Smith said Notre Dame "isn't for everybody," but looked confident in his decision.
"It's really based on what you want in life," Smith said. "My character has been set so high, and I'm really just looking forward to the opportunity."
IrishEyes.com publisher Tim O'Malley said Smith's arrival is huge -- and rare -- for Notre Dame.
Isaac Rochell gives Notre Dame a versatile defensive talent.
"Smith's skill set, a unique blend of speed, range, power, and intelligence both on and off the field, has been difficult to attract to the program," O'Malley said. "It could be argued the Irish haven't landed an outside 'backer of his prospective prowess since Kory Minor in the mid-90s. His addition gives defensive coordinator Bob Diaco a difference-maker as Manti Te'o graduates from the program at season's end."
Joining Smith later in the week was four-star defensive end Isaac Rochell, who committed to the Irish on Wednesday.
"I just like Notre Dame and it is just the perfect fit for me," Rochell told Scout.com. "I visited them twice, this was not a hasty decision, and I just felt at home."
Rochell is the No. 12 defensive end in Scout's 2013 class and projects as a defender even though he has the versatility to play offensive line as well. Notre Dame already has five four-star offensive line recruits in its 2013 commit class.
O'Malley noted Rochell was "another essential athlete added to the mix as the team turns its front seven from weakness to program strength."
With 12 four-star-or-higher commits on board for 2013, the Irish are having their best on-paper recruiting run since the 2008 class, though of course plenty can still happen before Signing Day. Still, there's reason for optimism in South Bend.
Around the country:
Boise State landed three-star center Andrew Tercek late Friday.
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Cincinnati landed a commit from three-star offensive tackle Eason Fromayan.
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LSU has had a huge month, and it got bigger this week. Four-star defensive end Frank Herron committed to the Tigers, as well as three-star quarterback Anthony Jennings. LSU also added a pair of unrated players -- wide receiver Kyrion Parker and defensive tackle Kennard Swanson.
Maryland landed three-star offensive tackle Jajuan Dulaney on Friday.
Outside of Notre Dame, Michigan may have made the biggest splash this week. Two four-star defensive tackles chose the Wolverines, Maurice Hurst Jr. and Henry Poggi. Unrated Scott Sypniewski also committed.
Three-star wide receiver Jordan Smallwood picked Oklahoma.
After a huge week last week, Oklahoma State picked up another one this week -- three-star guard Rami Hammad.
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USC just continues to kill it on the recruiting trail. The biggest single score of the week may have been the Trojans landing five-star Su'a Cravens, Scout's No. 1 overall safety. It's the third five-star commit for USC in the last three weeks.
Major score for Washington on Friday as four-star Troy Williams, Scout's No. 14 quarterback in the class committed to the Huskies.